On this day in 1984 Culture Club started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Karma Chameleon', the group's 5th US Top 10 hit. It became the group's biggest hit and only US #1 among their many Top 10 hits. "Karma Chameleon" was also a huge global hit, hitting #1 in sixteen countries worldwide, and the Top 10 in several more. The sleeve features work from the photographer David Levine. It received a million-selling Gold 45 in the United States.
In the group's home country of the United Kingdom, it became the second Culture Club single to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart (after "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"), where it stayed for six weeks in September and October 1983, and became the UK's biggest-selling single of the year 1983. To date, it is the 31st best-selling single of all-time in the UK, selling over 1.4 million copies in the UK. It has sold over 5 million global copies making it one of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide.
In an interview, Culture Club frontman Boy George explained: "The song is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It's about trying to suck up to everybody. Basically, if you aren't true, if you don't act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, that's nature's way of paying you back."